Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Donald Trump surrogate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) said Wednesday that Trump has been "very self-destructive" by hesitating to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in their primaries.

"Let me just say flatly I am totally for John McCain, who is a great war hero and a terrific human being, who has worked very hard for veterans, and I’m totally for Paul Ryan, who is the heart of the House Republican Party and probably the most problem-solving leader we’ve had in the Congress on the Republican side, I think, in the last 20 years," Gingrich said on Fox Business Network, according to Politico. "So I think somewhat what Trump has done is just very self-destructive."

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An adviser to Donald Trump criticized United States policy toward Russia in a July trip to Moscow, the Huffington Post reported Tuesday. The trip came the week before the Trump campaign reportedly worked to soften language in the Republican party platform regarding U.S. support for Ukraine against Russian aggression.

"Washington and other Western capitals have impeded potential progress through their often hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption, and regime change," Trump adviser Carter Page said in a speech at a graduate school in Moscow in July, according to Huffington Post.

He also called for the U.S. to lift sanctions on Russia that were put in place after the annexation of Crimea.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he has raised concerns about a "rigged" election in November due to several recent rulings striking down voter ID laws.

"Well, I’m looking at all of these decisions coming on down from the standpoint of identification, voter ID. And I’m saying, ‘What do you mean, you don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote?’ And it’s a little bit scary, and I’ve heard a lot of bad things," Trump told Fox News' Bill O’Reilly when asked why he's concerned the election will be rigged. “I mean, people are going to walk in, they are going to vote 10 times maybe. Who knows?"

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Former Donald Trump campaign manager and CNN contributor Corey Lewandowski on Tuesday night suggested that President Obama did not release his Harvard transcripts in order to hide that he was not born in the United States.

The comment came during a raucous CNN panel discussion in which CNN commentator Angela Rye mentioned that Donald Trump was the "spokesperson for the birther movement" and had called for Obama to release his Harvard transcripts.

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Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump, on Tuesday evening tried to place blame on President Obama for the death of a Muslim American soldier in 2004, before Obama took office.

During an interview on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer pressed Pierson on whether Trump plans to apologize for his comments about the parents of Captain Humayun Khan.

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Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he has no regrets about launching repeated attacks on the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier who spoke at the Democratic convention.

"I don't regret anything. I said nice things about the son, and I feel that very strongly," he told Washington, D.C., television station WJLA. "But of course I was hit very hard from the stage, and you know it's just one of those things, but no, I don't regret anything."

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) on Monday sought to dismiss what he called a "frivolous" preliminary injunction requested by three faculty members at the University of Texas who want the ability to make their classrooms gun-free zones now that concealed carry is allowed at public universities.

“It is a frivolous lawsuit and I’m confident it will be dismissed because the Legislature passed a constitutionally-sound law,” he said in a statement. “There is no legal justification to deny licensed, law-abiding citizens on campus the same measure of personal protection they are entitled to elsewhere in Texas.”

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Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) calmly accused Donald Trump of being "mentally unstable," in a live TV interview Tuesday on CNN. He cited the Republican nominee's relentless attacks on the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier.

"This man is unstable, he’s unfit to be a presidential candidate," Gallego said, in a matter-of-fact tone that seemed to catch CNN host Carol Costello off guard.

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Eric Trump on Tuesday morning defended his dad from criticism over the Republican nominee's repeated attacks on the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier.

When asked on CBS' "This Morning" if the Trump campaign thinks Khizr and Ghazala Khan deserve an apology, Eric Trump said that his dad called their son "a hero on so many different occasions."

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